April Programs at the Southern Midcoast CareerCenter in Brunswick Bookmark and Share

April 3, 2013

Contact: Leon Ouimet Southern Midcoast CareerCenter, 207-373-4000; Julie Rabinowitz, Department of Labor, 207-621-5009

Services for job seekers and employers help connect Maine people with good jobs

BRUNSWICK—The Southern Midcoast CareerCenter, part of the Maine Department of Labor, offers a variety of services in conjunction with its partners to help people find employment or upgrade skills and to help employers find qualified workers.

“I encourage Maine people to take advantage of the many resources CareerCenters offer to help you find a better job,” said Governor Paul R. LePage. “We want every citizen to have access to meaningful employment.”

Each of the state’s twelve CareerCenters provides public-access computer workstations equipped with Microsoft Office and software for writing resumes and cover letters. In addition, the centers provide Internet access and O’Net software for individual skills assessment. Employers can list their open positions on the Maine Job Bank and take advantage of its online matching system that identifies and refers job candidates. All CareerCenter services are provided free of charge to employers and job seeking customers. For more information on any of the CareerCenters programs, visit www.mainecareercenter.com or call 207-373-4000. The Southern Midcoast CareerCenter in Brunswick continues its series of workshops and programs for job seekers and those considering training to upgrade their skills and increase their employability.

The following workshops and programs are free to the public and will be held at the CareerCenter in Brunswick unless otherwise noted. Note that all events require pre-registration in person or by phone.

  • Career Directions / Putting the Pieces Together—Wednesday. April 3, 9:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m. Explores your career interests, aptitudes, values, personality, motivation and how each transfers in today’s job market.

  • Resume and Cover Letter Writing Workshop—Wednesday, April 10, 9:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. Covers the basics of how to evaluate or create an effective resume and cover letter.

  • Effective Job Interviewing Workshop—Wednesday, April 17, 9:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. Dedicated to exploring proper interviewing techniques and tips.

  • GATEways to Employment—Thursdays, April 4 and 18, 9 a.m.–noon. Designed to help you jump start your work search with the latest tips and tools you need to know to conduct a successful job search in today’s labor market. Note: A Maine Job Bank registration/account is required.

  • PC Bootcamp for Novice Users: Every Friday, 8:15 a.m.–9 a.m. This workshop covers basic computer components and how to use a mouse. This is a limited-seat workshop so be sure to register.

  • Job Search Strategies for Mature Workers—Wednesday, April 24, 9:30 a.m–12:30 p.m. Focusing on mature workers, this workshop will help jump start your job search by helping you to inventory your skills, design and market your brand, and fill up your job search tool kit. It will also help you to find support through connections and stay positive through changes in your working life.

The Southern Midcoast CareerCenter also features several sessions led by these partner organizations in April:

  • Small Business Start Up Workshop—Monday April 22, 9 a.m. –11. a.m. Interested in self-employment? So what does it really take to plan, start and run a successful small business where you can realize the challenges and satisfaction of working for yourself? Join us for a 2-hour morning session where Maine Small Business Development Center Certified Master Business Counselor, Brad Swanson, will walk you through the keys to successful business startup and management, focusing on the business plan: What is it? Why do you need one? What can it do for you?

  • Essentials of College Planning Workshop—Tuesdays, April 2 and 16, 1 p.m.–3 p.m. Christy Le from the Maine Educational Opportunity Center (MEOC) offers free workshops for adults 19 and older covering College Awareness and Planning along with the Federal Financial Aid process. She will assist participants in completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). To register for the next available session or for more information, call 1-800-281-3703 or visit MEOC’s website, http://meoc.maine.edu .

  • Goodwill Workforce Solutions administers federally funded employment and training programs through the Workforce Investment Act (WIA). Certain eligibility requirements apply. If you think you might qualify or could benefit from training, contact the Southern Midcoast CareerCenter in Brunswick at 207-373-4000 to reserve a seat in training orientations offered on weekly on Monday afternoons.

  • Maine Centers for Women, Work & Community offer no cost classes in Assertive Communication, Creating Your Future, Creating the Rest of Your Life, Credit Yourself, Entrepreneurial Training, Financing Your Future, Professional Development and Mature Worker Activities. For more information, call Shelley Taylor in Bath at 207-386-1664 or go to www.womenworkandcommunity.org . Workshops are held at the Midcoast Center for Higher Education, 9 Park Street in Bath and are open to all interested parties.

The Southern Midcoast CareerCenter, located at 275 Bath Road in Brunswick, is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday and can be reached at 207-373-4000 or 1-888-836-3355 (TTY users should dial Maine Relay 711). You can also find more information at the CareerCenter website, http://www.mainecareercenter.com. Maine CareerCenters are an equal opportunity provider. Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities.